The best Spa Spots in the World
Time passes – that‘s what time is all about. And before we realise how much of it we spend in front of our phones or computers, being stressed instead of spoiled, eating fast rather than healthy, and taking care of others more than looking after ourselves, it flies by too quickly. So why not take a moment to relax, detox and improve your well-being with a treat? Whether you‘re after a facial, a pedicure, a blowout or a health and fitness holiday – here ist our state-of-the-art list, from salons to urban day spas to exotic retreats to medical wellness centers.
1. Lanser Hof – A journey to the Inside
The Lanserhof at Tegernsee, Germany, combines traditional naturopathy with the latest medical knowledge and is becoming the number one health care center in the world. It recently won the Tatler Spa Award and many others since its opening in 2014. The basis for the “Lans Med Concept“ treatments are the four pillars of the F.-X. Mayr cure: regeneration of the digestion, detoxification and deacidification of the organism, guidance to a healthier lifestyle as well as more deliberate nutrition. After a basic check, an individual program is created, including massages, detox packs, movement therapy and relaxation training.
2. Dior Institut au Plaza Athénée – The Haute Couture Treatment
The elegant 5.500 square-foot Dior Institute at Plaza Athenee in the heart of Paris recently won a Luxury Spa Award. Famous since Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City stepped in, 5-Star Hotel Plaza Athénée is the go-to choice for celebrities and fashion people. Whilest original sketches of Dior designs line the spa walls, leading-edge treatments combine massage therapy, micro-abrasion and active anti-aging products for instant and long-lasting youth-replenishing results.
3. Aja Malibu – The Chakra Clean-Up
Located in Californias Santa Monica Mountains, on the former President Roosevelt estate, Aja Malibu just opened in 2016. The Garden-of-Eden-style retreat has hundreds of fruit trees, rose-quartz-embedded walls and secret pathways, leading to the seven themed residences, named “Dharma Cave“, “Dreamweaver South“ or “Poet’s Corner“. Surrounded by nature and coastal ocean vistas, you can restore and rejuvinate, enjoy tranquility, idyllic hikes, chi gong, acupuncture, craniosacral massages, a herbal infused and bio-dynamic superfood cuisine and simply balance your mind, body and soul.
4. Susanne Kaufmann Spa at Das Stue – The Day Spa
The small but exquisite 260 square-meter Susanne Kaufmann Spa is located in Berlins stylish luxury boutique hotel Das Stue. In addition to sauna, gym and pool, nourishing and pampering rituals are combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The perfect treatment choice before events is the “TCM detox“ to visibly tighten the body: After a peeling, an anti-cellulite serum via ultrasound, a thermal wrap and an expending massage, your trousers will sit loose.
5. Vana – Ayurvedic Ashram
Vana in the north-indian Himalaya is an outstanding ayurvedic Ashram with spiritual luxury woven into its core. Upon arrival each guest is given a comprehensive personal consultation and a treatment plan to restore balance, freshness and optimism of spirit. Ayurveda, Tibetan healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, fitness, water therapy and conventional spa offerings work together seamlessly.
6. Chillhouse – Nailin‘ It
When it comes to nail spas, New York might be overcrowded. One-of-a-kind is the recently opened and super stylish Chillhouse by Taste the Style Blogger Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton. The highly curated and beautifully designed Cafe and Spa in the Lower East Side offers massages like “The Hangover Cure“ as well as an instagramable catalogue of beautiful nail art (just non-toxic products) – which can be followed by a Beet-chata or Matcha Latte at the bar.
7. Yaan Wellness – Mayan Energy Healing
Since the opening in 2014, the Yaan Wellness & Energy Healing Spa in Tulum, Mexico, became one of the most popular post-fashion-week getaways that offers Mayan healing and energy treatments like pre hispanic herbal baths rituals, detox programs and many more, designed to cleanse body and spirit.
8. Drybar – Get blown away
Ali Webb is not just the founder of the award-winning Drybar but the queen and inventor of the whole blow-dry-hype. With around 80 locations throughout the US and Canada, her blowout empire has tamed countless tresses. No matter if it‘s your wedding or you just want your hair look faboulous – watch out for a salon near by or simply let the experts come to your house with the Dry-on-the-Fly service.
9. Como Shambhala – Back-To-Nature Retreat
The Como Shambhala in Bali is a boutique place of bliss and the flagship of a worldwide, award-winning, healthy living philosophy. Inspired by the mythological roots of the ancient Buddhists, the programm includes top yoga teachers and Ayurvedic specialists, nutritionists as well as hands-on healing and restorative skincare. Following the back-to-nature approach, biking, hiking and water-based activities offer an adventurous escape.
10. Six Senses Douro Valley – Health-Minded Hedonism
This striking terracotta-hued 19th-century Quinta was just converted into the first house of the prestigious Six Senses chain in Portugal. Situated in a unique panoramic position in the UNESCO-protected port vineyards above the Rio Douro, the Six Senses Douro Valley skillfully combines an unpretentious luxury with the premise of ecological sustainability and reconciles healthy living devotees with the inner hedonist.